The reality is, most families have a fair amount of food waste. In fact, statistics show the average amount of food waste is about 20 – 30%. Another study showed Americans throw away an average of 20 pounds of food each month—costing them each between $28 and $43. No one would intentionally shove dollar bills down the disposal or take a bag full of loot to the dump, but that’s virtually what happens when we let food go to waste. But, you can eliminate most if not all of your food waste by following these simple tips.
1. Plan Your Meals – Check your grocery store flyers ahead of time to see if you can meal plan around the sale items for the week. If you know what meals you want to cook based on the sales, what you have on hand, and what’s in season, you’ll waste less and save money. Don’t go shopping without a list and a plan.
2. Conduct Inventory Regularly – Before shopping, always check what you have available and what is getting ready to expire so that you can create dishes using those ingredients that you already have on hand.
It might sound frightening but your home might be awash in dangerous indoor toxins that you introduce into your home. Thankfully with just a few changes you can make a huge difference in the quality of your environment.
Use a Door Mat – At each entrance, place a door mat on the outside and on the inside. This will help eliminate many the toxins that might be tracked into the rest of the house on your shoes, such as bug spray, pollens, dust, and bacteria. Also, removing your shoes at the door will help eliminate tracking things through the house as well.
Clean the Floors Daily – Especially if you have pets. Vacuum, sweep and mop regularly to cut down on dirt, dust, and mites that get into the air. You don’t always need to use chemicals to clean. Just a quick sweep, vacuum, and a mop or better yet steam mop can do wonders.
Aromatherapy vs Fragance Spray
If you are like me, you love to have things smelling nice. And when they get a little foul “smelling” it’s tempting to spray some room/carpet freshener, isn’t it? That is until we remember those things are chemical storms in a can. Yuck!
Once we realize the detrimental health effects of the constant onslaught of environmental chemicals, expecially in our homes, it becomes even more important that we find a good alternative. Read the rest of this entry »